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  • Audio CD (10 July 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: EmArcy
  • ASIN: B000004747
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,821 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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titolo-rip rig and panicartist-aroland kirk etichetta-emarcyn. dischi1data28 agosto 1990supportocd audiogenerejazz----1. no tonic press2. once in a while3. from bechet, byas, and fats4. mystical dream5. rip, rig and panic6. black diamond7. slippery hippery flippery8. blue rol9. alfie10. why don't they know11. silverlization12. fall out13. now please don't you cry, beautiful edith14. stompin' grounds15. it's a grand night for swinging

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Roland Kirk was perhaps foremost a tenor sax player, but one should add to that flute, stritch and manzello, and one should also add that often he would play them all at once! So even before encountering his music one can marvel at just how he managed that? How did he breathe, control the instruments, how did he get them into his mouth? Then when the suitably intrigued listener finally does hear the music the marvel is multiplied a hundred-fold: this two-in-one album is one of the most exciting and stunning that you'll hear. Kirk mixes bop, funk, R&B, avant-garde and genres yet to be named into a soup of sound which avoids being the unruly mess one might expect and instead is truly enthralling. And for those who may be put off by the avant-garde, rest assured that Kirk had the gift of being both cutting-edge and solidly accessible. Taken separately Rip, Rig and Panic and Now Please Don't You Cry Beautiful Edith are desirable purchases, but now together on a single CD, they are truly essential. --Phil Brett

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Many people focus on the fact that Rashaan Roland Kirk played many instruments and often all at the same time. Yeah, that IS pretty amazing, but the really amazing thing is that despite this tomfoolery the man could produce some of the most beautiful, haunting, soulful, funky, explosive music I have ever heard.
This is a great album - in so many ways, great music, great lineup (Elvin Jones on drums!) and two albums in one!. Usually it takes me time to get into something new, and I know that taking that time means that it will stay with me for a long time. Not so with Roland Kirk, I loved it straight off and I know I will keep hunting down the hard to find records for a long time to come.
Standout tracks include Mystical Dreams, the eponymous Rip Rig and Panic, Black Diamonds, Alfie (yes the Cilla Black number....) Silverisation and Now Please dont you cry Beautiful Edith. All different in their own way, but wonderful. Do yourself a favour and get into Rashaan's music and whenever someone asks you what your favourite Roland Kirk tune is just tell them - 'the one I'm listening to now', 'cos they are all knockouts.
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Great music, but the current edition being offered is not an authentic/original CD as indicated by the information on the sleeve. The music on the original factory made CD has been transferred onto a blank CD-R 80 (as is evidenced by the markings on the inner hub of the disc). The CD-R label is an imitation of the original.

The CD-R sounds great but it is depressing to know that EmArcy/Universal(?) are now involved in the shady practice of (secretly) issuing CD-Rs in original CD packaging.
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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Sept. 2014
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The key to most of the music of the late Roland Kirk (1936-77) is joy. There's hardly a number he recorded that doesn't bespeak a great, huge-hearted joy of life, an uplift not always found so blatantly or so unashamedly in the world of jazz. Louis and Diz had it, Duke and Basie tended towards it, Sun Ra toyed with it, Fats Waller wallowed in it, but Kirk embodied it.
These two records from the mid-sixties contain some of his most vital work, Rip, Rig and Panic being a truly great jazz album, with the lesser known ...Edith not that far behind.
On Rip (from 1965) he's accompanied by a superb small band made up of the gregarious and versatile pianist Jaki Byard (try his own Sunshine of my Soul), bassist Richard Davis, with ever-adaptable Elvin Jones providing plenty of roughage on drums. It's a perfect line-up for Kirk's brand of mercurial 'Lord of Misrule' music-making.
On Edith (1967) he's with buoyant pianist Lonnie Liston Smith, Ronald Boykins (a name new to me) on bass, and Grady Tate excellent on drums.
As on Edith, Kirk can play a ballad as poignantly as anyone, without reverence but with respect for the composer's intentions. Hear what he does with Bacharach's Alfie (a brand new tune back then!), in particular the couple of false finishes he gives it, which somehow only add to its unexpectedly touching quality.
It was a good idea to pair these two short LPs on one CD, as they complement each other, despite differing line-ups, and it means you get two wonderful Kirk albums on one CD, which leaves everybody a winner.
The booklet contains the original notes plus a few photos, including one with his devoted wife Edith.
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Worth buying if only to discover the origins of the title - which is explained (in very small type) on the cover.

The music itself is extraordinary. I've been listening for the last couple of days in more or less any odd moment. It's completely addictive - think of John Coltrane's My Favorite Things and then go beyond. This may be one of the best jazz albums ever made.
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By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Nov. 2013
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Roland Kirk combined his superb technical skills as a saxophonist and flutist with a wild sense of abandon that permeates every aspect of his playing and compositional skills. Throughout the course of this superb twofer set, Kirk demonstrates his mastery of style and tone. He veers from the warm, melodic and lyrical to solo excursions that are simply breathtaking in their inventiveness. From the blues to the ballad, from Ellington style to New Orleans, Kirk did it all. But he was far from being a simple revivalist. Like Charles Mingus he looked forward, using `found sounds', a little rock and roll and free-form along with all things trad. Kirk was an explorer and free spirit.

'Rip, Rig and Panic' and 'Now Please Don't You Cry Beautiful Edith', date from the mid -1960's are essentially Kirk being backed by and accomplished piano and rhythm section, including Grady Tate, Lonnie Liston Smith and Elvin Jones. Both sets are wonderful. It is hard to imagine an artist as varied, exciting but emotionally committed to his music as Kirk. One of my favourite tracks in this collection is the relaxed stroll ,'Blue Roll'. His playing here is astonishing- melodic yet full of surprises, especially when he holds a note for what seem like endless seconds as a conclusion to his solo. Lovers of melody will fall for his unaffected take on 'Alfie', another little gem that shows that the great master respects the tradition and the medium but can pull something new from it. Paradoxically there is no 'showing off ' in Kirk's playing, just impish exuberance and a desire share all aspects of his music.

This set represents just two albums of Kirk's sizable output but they give a very representative idea of his general approach both in terms of quality and variety.
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